Monday, February 6, 2012
My husband is in the middle of busy season and has long days at work for at least another month or two, and rarely knows when he'll get done until early afternoon. These words seem right for any parting from a loved one, whether it lasts for hours, days, weeks, longer, or even an indeterminate amount of time.
Saying "see you later" or "see you then" makes later and then seem a tiny bit closer, I think, and to imagine you might see them before makes it a little bit more tangible. But what I really like about these few words, "until then if not before," is that they don't say "until then if not later" or "until then unless it's later." These are really hopeful words.